Our series of “32 Mocks in 32 Days” continues with the 2021 Chargers mock draft. The Chargers have had an extremely busy offseason, from firing Anthony Lynn and signing offensive talent. It’s old news by now, but the Bolts moved on from Lynn and poached Brandon Staley from across the hall at SoFi Stadium to be the new head coach.
The Chargers have almost an entirely different staff heading into 2021. Apart from that, they moved on from Casey Heyward and Hunter Henry. The Bolts then signed Corey Linsley and Jared Cook, as well as a couple of other offensive linemen in a revamped group for 2021.
With the renewed coaching staff and offensive line, and with exciting weapons such as Keenan Allen, Austin Ekeler, and Justin Herbert on the offensive side, the Chargers have a lot to look forward to in 2021 and beyond. The defense also features Joey Bosa and Derwin James, not to mention Michael Davis who the Chargers brought back.
With all that being said, the Chargers have a lot of excitement going into 2021. So, let’s get into this edition with the 2021 Chargers mock draft.
2021 Chargers Mock Draft: Day One
1.13 | Alijah Vera-Tucker | OL | USC
Sure, the Chargers already improved their offensive line by bringing in Linsley as well as Matt Feiler. Still, the line needs to be priority number one. This pick could easily be either Rashawn Slater or Christian Darrisaw. However, for the sake of conversation, both those guys are gone off the board when the Chargers pick at 13.
While the Bolts would love Penei Sewell, there’s a zero chance he lasts that long. Alijah Vera-Tucker slides right in as a day one starter and, most importantly, provides flexibility and versatility as he can play any position on the line, except for maybe center.
2021 Chargers Mock Draft: Day Two
2.47 | Joseph Ossai | EDGE | Texas
This is an ideal pick for the Chargers, and any 2021 Chargers mock draft should feature him. Joseph Ossai showed out at his Pro Day and, frankly, might not be available at 47. He’s an athletic freak and would be perfect for a guy like Staley to work with.
Ossai would step in and mirror Joey Bosa, especially after Melvin Ingram left Los Angeles. A defensive front that features Bosa, Ossai, Kenneth Murray Jr., and Linval Joseph will give opposing teams fits, not to mention the Bolts secondary.
3.77 | Thomas Graham Jr. | CB| Oregon
With the departure of Hayward, Thomas Graham Jr. can step in and play next to Davis and Chris Harris Jr. Graham won’t be the number one corner on the Chargers, and he doesn’t need to be. He’s not the most athletic corner, but his technique and ball skills can do wonders, especially as a slot corner or a CB3. Plus, the last guy the Chargers took out of Oregon seemed to turn out pretty well as of now.
3.97 (COMP) | Jaelon Darden | WR | North Texas
While some Chargers fans are salivating at the possibility of Jaylen Waddle at 13, that’s unnecessary. The Chargers have Mike Williams and Keenan Allen set at the top two receiver spots, so they can wait a bit. After all, this WR class is extremely deep, and KJ Hill and Joe Reed, as well as Jalen Guyton, might end up staying around for some time.
Enter Jaelon Darden, who has flown up draft boards since the turn of the calendar year. He’s just 5-foot-9 and 170 pounds, but make no mistake: he’s a playmaker. Screens, bubble routes, and deep bombs are going to Darden’s expertise at the NFL level. As we all know, Herbert can release the ball quickly and heave it among the best in the business. The Chargers round out day two of the draft with one of the quickest players in football.
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2021 Chargers Mock Draft: Day Three
4.118 | Tommy Tremble | TE | Notre Dame
Let’s keep rolling with the 2021 Chargers mock draft.
Another Notre Dame prospect, what a surprise. General manager Tom Telesco seems to always snag a Fightin’ Irish player in the draft. However, this pick is warranted and fills a much-needed void for the Bolts. Hunter Henry dashed to New England and the Chargers signed veteran Jared Cook to a one-year deal.
Tommy Tremble can come in and learn from Cook and take the reigns as the next starting tight end for LA starting in 2022 and beyond.
5.159 | Tariq Thompson | S | SDSU
The Chargers have a lot of options from this point out. After all, the 5th-7th round picks are always a crapshoot. However, adding some safety depth, especially after the loss of Rayshawn Jenkins, is important. Tariq Thompson makes sense and he doesn’t have to drive very far to find his next place of employment.
6.185 | Rhamondre Stevenson | RB | Oklahoma
“But, the Chargers have Joshua Kelley?”
Slow down one second. Yes, Kelley was taken last year. After a few solid games, the Bolts turned to Kalen Ballage and Justin Jackson. Does that scream confidence in Kelley? Absolutely not. That’s why Rhamondre Stevenson makes sense in this 2021 Chargers mock draft. Plus, he’s a bruiser, a big, physical back that can run through the tackles- which is what Ballage turned out to be last season before dashing to Pittsburgh.
6.198 | David Moore | G | Grambling State
If you’ve paid attention to the Chargers in the last few years, then you know they need all the OL players they can have. David Moore is a solid backup that provides extra depth for a team that’s been ravaged by injuries.
7. 41 | Amari Gainer | LB | Florida State
Los Angeles adds some linebacker depth and, given Staley’s track record, Amari Gainer slides in and makes the 53-man roster out of training camp. Remember, this is the 2021 Chargers mock draft and a lot can change before the draft rolls along.
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